WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference

News from WISIONS posted on January 14th, 2016

The 7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference will take place in Wuppertal, Germany from 6 to 9 September 2016. The IST Conference will be hosted by the Wuppertal Institute, in cooperation with the Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent) at the University of Wuppertal. Read moreMinimize

The conference is the annual platform for sharing theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions, covering a broad range of areas (e.g. energy, water, mobility, food systems) and disciplinary approaches.

The theme of IST 2016 is "Exploring Transitions Research as Transformative Science" and we aim to focus on impact and solution-oriented research approaches that enable transitions in practice. We invite contributions that address the following questions: 

  • How can we assess the societal impact of transitions research? 
  • What are the common challenges, best practice and future prospects in transdisciplinary research approaches, such as real-world laboratories, LivingLabs, transition experiments etc.?

We invite contributions focusing on key issues in the field of sustainability transitions research, such as urban transitions, the geography of transitions, the governance of transitions, business and entrepreneurship perspectives on transitions, innovation and institutional change and transition modeling – as well as all issues linked to the research agenda of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).

For further information please see the attached Call for Papers, which can be downloaded from the conference website.

We want to make IST 2016 a very practical transition experience and we would be delighted to welcome you to Wuppertal and to our urban real-world lab with its many exciting projects and initiatives. We look forward to an engaging and impactful IST 2016.


7th annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile

News from WISIONS posted on December 1st, 2015

This year marked the 7th RedBioLAC annual conference, which took place from 9th to 13th November 2015 at the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile. More than 100 participants attended the event, which was supported by WISIONS.Read moreMinimize

The event started with an introductory course on anaerobic digestion and its small and medium scale applications. The course was attended by more than 70 people from different sectors, ranging from government officials and private entrepreneurs to NGO practitioners and students. Over two intensive working days, RedBioLAC experts guided the participants through the principles of anaerobic digestion and the crucial aspects to consider in its application, as well as imparting wide-ranging practical knowledge on specific applications, such as the treatment of domestic wastewater and organic solid waste and the integration of anaerobic digestion into agricultural production systems. On the third day the participants had the opportunity to visit two project sites and interact with developers and operators of biogas plants installed near Santiago.

Over the last two days of the conference, scientists and practitioners presented up-to-date developments in the application of anaerobic digestion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentations covered technical issues (e.g. substrate characterisation, management of effluents and uses of biogas) and case studies on specific applications (e.g. treatment of organic solid waste and waste water), as well as conditions for biogas sector development (e.g. regulations, national networks and promotional programmes). Particularly interesting were the contributions from several Chilean speakers, which illustrated how the still nascent but already dynamic Chilean biogas sector is targeting the application of the technology on a small and medium scale. 

The complete documentation of the event (course materials and presentations) will soon be available at Energypedia (the event's media partner) and also on RedBioLAC's website. A photo album of the conference is available on Facebook here.


7th Annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile

News from WISIONS posted on October 29th, 2015

This year marks the 7th edition of RedBioLAC's annual conference, which will take place from 9th to 13th November 2015 at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile. The conference will bring together practitioners in the domestic biogas sector and those interested in learning more about the technology. WISIONS is supporting the conference financially and will also actively participate in it.Read moreMinimize

This year's conference focuses on the growing opportunity and need for biodigestion in Latin America, faced by rapidly increasing urban populations, unstable fossil fuel prices, and a growing concern for effective reduction of greenhouse gases and other environmental impacts from agricultural and urban environments. The conference will bring together actors to share successful experiences, research, and opportunities for multi-sector impact and new funding opportunities.

The event will be held in Spanish language without translation services. The registration form, the conference programme (pdf) and more general information is available in Spanish only on the website of RedBioLAC. Our media partners at Energypedia will provide up-to-date information on the event. A live stream of the event is available here.


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